Great Interview with Allison Brennan at Stay Thirsty

BrennanThe Stay Thirsty Summer magazine has a great interview with novelist Allison Brennan. She has written more than 20 novels, many of them NY Times best-sellers, including her latest installment in the Maxine Revere series. Her other much-heralded character is FBI agent Lucy Kincaid.

Here’s one of the questions and her answer:

STAY THIRSTY: Your latest novel, Compulsion, continues your bestselling Max Revere series and has your heroine investigative reporter working to unravel a sociopath’s brilliant and dark plan. Did you know how this book was going to end before you began writing it? Or, did Max Revere lead you through the thicket of facts and show you the way?

ALLISON BRENNAN: I never know how my books are going to end. The journey is half the fun of writing! I always start with a premise, a “what if” scenario, and my characters lead the way. The only thing I knew going in was that Max was right about the killer on trial – he had a partner. Proving it was going to be difficult, so I stepped into Max’s shoes and let her lead the way, starting with her interview at the courthouse and taking it each logical step forward. Sometimes, I surprise myself – that’s always fun.

Check out the whole thing. Well worth reading

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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